Surrounded by water access advocates at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, County Executive Steve Schuh and former County Executive Jim Lighthizer highlighted the importance of the County Executive’s proposed $4.5 million investment in Beverly Triton Beach Park on the Mayo Peninsula.
“Allowing Beverly Triton to continue in its current state is unfair to the taxpayers who own it,” said Schuh. “It is inequitable to the citizens of Odenton and Severn to not enjoy access to the land they pay to maintain.”
Community concern of today echos similar concerns voiced in the late 1980s regarding the proposed Quiet Waters Park when former County Executive Jim Lighthizer was in office. Now that park enjoys more than 700,000 visitors a year, and is considered a haven for its patrons. Residents and visitors praise its paths, its forested groves, and its tucked-away gardens and water views.
“It’s like deja vu all over again,” said Lightizer at the event. “Believe me, when the improvements to the Beverly Triton are made, the community will love it.”
Anne Arundel County acquired the 341 acres in 1985 at Beverly Triton with the intentional of developing it into a waterfront park. Currently the park has minimal beach access, a small, unpaved parking area, natural trails, and portable restrooms.
With the proposed increased funding, the Department of Recreation and Parks is considering improvements such as: improved parking, swimming, picnic pavilion and picnic areas, playground, a restroom/bathhouse with running water, and improving the natural trail system.
The County Executive has included funding for much needed improvements to Beverly Triton Beach Park beginning in his FY 2017 budget.